A heavily disguised test mule of the 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 was spotted testing in Tamil Nadu. The camouflage on the car hints at a major design revamp for the front fascia as well as the rear.
While the new Elite i20 will continue with the Fluidic design language, we expect the front and rear bumpers to get an overhaul, with redesigned headlamps and tail lamps. The 16-inch alloy wheels are the only bits that are clearly visible, and get a new diamond cut design. Even the interior was covered up, hinting at a new layout or design for the cabin. There has been no change in the roofline or the overall profile of the hatchback.
As for the powertrain options, Hyundai will continue to offer a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.4-litre diesel unit. The petrol unit is available with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic gearbox, while the option for diesel buyers is restricted to a six-speed manual unit.
Since a facelift for the Hyundai Elite i20 was launched here just a couple of months ago, we expect the new 2018 model to go on sale no sooner than early 2018. The Elite i20 competes with premium B-segment hatchbacks like the Honda Jazz, Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Fiat Punto Abarth and the Volkswagen Polo.